This week’s plane of the week is the Grumman Gulfstream I
The Grumman Gulfstream I is a twin-turboprop business aircraft. It first flew on August 14, 1958. The G-I is a low-wing monoplane powered by two Rolls-Royce Dart turboprops with four-bladed constant speed propellers. The Gulfstream I has a retractable tricycle landing gear, with twin wheels on the two main units and the nose gear. The cabin is designed to take up to twenty-four passengers in a high-density arrangement or only eight in an executive layout, although ten to twelve was more usual. The aircraft has a hydraulically operated airstair in the forward cabin for entry and exit.
A G-I purchased by Walt Disney in 1964 and last flown on Oct. 8, 1992 is on display at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. The aircraft logged 8800 flights and 20,000 flight hours with notable passengers Richard Nixon, Ronald Reagan, Jimmy Carter, Julie Andrews, Hugh O’Brian, and Annette Funicello. Disney used it to scout out locations for Walt Disney World in the 1960’s. The only way to see the plane is to take the Backlot Tour at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. Towards the end of the tram ride you will see it on display. Admission to the Studios is required, and the fee varies based on the type and length of ticket purchased.
Unfortunately, we are skipping Hollywood Studios and will not get to see this plane.
Next week: the plane that was sold at J. C. Penney’s.